By: Tim Birney | | September 7, 2021 | Photo courtesy Lance Larcom


MANSFIELD — Sayre senior Kannon VanDuzer tied for low-medal honors, and Athens finished second — just 1 shot behind Wellsboro — here Tuesday afternoon in NTL golf action at Corey Creek Golf Course.

“It’s nice to see the improvement in all the kids from week to week,” said Athens coach Lenny Pientka. They are good at recognizing what aspects of the game they need help with, and we work on it each practice.

“It’s a steady process that helps them breakdown the game and improve,” he added.

Wellsboro shot a four-player aggregate total of 375, while Athens tallied 376, Wyalusing was third at 385, Sayre was fourth at 410, Cowanesque Valley was fifth at 446, Towanda was sixth at 449, and North Penn-Mansfield was seventh at 510.

It’s the second time this season (just three matches), Athens has finished second by 1 stroke. The Wildcats finished 1 stroke behind Sayre in the season-opener at The Club at Shepard Hills.

VanDuzer and North Penn-Mansfield’s Andrew Green both shot rounds of 83 on the par-72 course. VanDuzer shot a 41 on the front nine, and a 42 on the back, while Green shot 44-39. VanDuzer had the lone birdie for the two.

Athens sophomores Cameron Sullivan and Evan Cooper finished fourth and fifth, respectively, shooting rounds of 90 and 92.

Wildcat freshmen Dylan Saxon and Keaton Sinsabaugh were 11th and 16th, respectively, with rounds of 96 and 98. Lucas Kraft was 19th with a non-scoring round of 104, and freshman Sean Clare tacked on a 118.

Cameron Sullivan, Evan Cooper and Dylan Saxon have been steady players,” said Pientka.

“We are fortunate that someone steps up each week to fill our four spot,” added Pientka. “At Shepard Hills, it was Lucas Kraft; today at Corey Creek it was freshman Keaton Sinsabaugh who came through.”

Sayre senior Dylan Seck finished 14th with a 97, while senior Dom Fabbri carded a 113, and senior Josh Arnold added a 117. Junior Jackson Hubbard tacked on a non-scoring round of 119.

Athens’ Brady Darrow and Sayre’s David Hall Jr. each shot a nine-hole score of 55, and Sayre’s Sam Claypool had a 65.

STANDINGS: 1. WELLSBORO, 14-3; 2. ATHENS, 13-4; 3. SAYRE, 9-3; 4. WYALUSING, 12-5; 5. TOWANDA, 5-12; 6. C. VALLEY, 4-13; 7. NP-MANSFIELD, 0-17.


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Tim Birney

Tim Birney is the founder / owner of River Road Media Group. He was born and raised in the Valley, graduating from Waverly High School in 1984.

Birney earned an Associate's Degree in Journalism from SUNY Morrisville in 1986 and a Bachelor's Degree in Journalism / Public Relations from Utica College of Syracuse University in 1988. He began his newspaper career at The Daily Review in Towanda in 1989, before moving on to The Evening Times in 1995. He spent more than 10 years at the Times, the last four as Managing Editor.

River Road Media Group includes five sites in "The Sports Reports" family that cover 24 school districts in five counties: Valley Sports Report (launched Aug. 10, 2009), Tioga County (NY) Sports Report (Aug. 13, 2018), and Northern Tier Sports Report (Aug. 31, 2020); Northern Tier West Sports Report (March 15, 2021) Southern Tier Sports Report (Aug. 16, 2021).